Help for Horses Through Food Banks

In this article: Where to find food banks for horses in need.

For over a year I’ve been writing about the high price of hay in Arizona. But it’s not just here, and more than ever horses are being found half starved, abandoned, or turned loose to fend for themselves. These are horror stories that are making news across the West in alarming numbers. It’s easy label these horse owners as contributors to animal cruelty and condemn them for having horses when they can’t afford them, but that’s not always true. Hay has not always been expensive, horse owners may have lost their jobs, and in today’s economy the horse sale market is ailing. There are horse rescues, but they are usually at full capacity with a waiting list.

There is an indication of help for this tragic situation as food banks for horses are beginning to surface. I listed a few below, I hope they are of help to horse owners who have found themselves caught between a rock and a hard place.

Food Bank List

The Hay Bank, Parker, Colo.
Oregon Hay Bank, Roseburg, Ore.
Equine Protection Fund, Santa Fe, N.M.
S.A.F.E.R. Hay Assistance Program, Sebastopol, Calif.
Mountain View Rescue Hay Bank, Columbia, Ky.

One Story… of  Many

Some Horses are Starving as Hay Prices Rise  is one of many recent articles that show the impact of high hay prices on the struggling horse owner.

Want to help? All of the above links accept donations. Thank you!

amy elizabeth, TBN Ranch


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amy elizabeth, writer, author, antique dealer. Lives in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert on a small hobby farm.
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4 Responses to Help for Horses Through Food Banks

  1. How sad, I will check into the websites. Thank you for this article.

  2. Ingrid says:

    This is always so, so sad. My girlfriend actually gave a horse to CO State U because she couldn’t sell it and they couldn’t afford to keep all the horses. They paid a pretty penny for that horse before horse prices plummeted.
    We’re heading to Lake Pleasant on Monday. Cave Creek Reg Park is all booked up for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Once the holiday is over, we’ll try and move over to Cave Creek. You can email me directly at Look forward to meeting for coffee 🙂

    • tbnranch says:

      Oh I’ll bet, Cave Creek is a hot spot during the holidays. I gave horses away too because I couldn’t sell them. They are now on pasture in loving homes and I don’t have to spend every last penny we have feeding them. Even if you manage to scrape up enough money for feed there is always that worry of a vet bill if one of them get hurt or sick. No way you’ll get away with less than a 500 -1,000 fee if that happens! I’m very happy having my little pony and burro who eat hardly anything… and I have peace of mind! See you in Phoenix… whenever you get here! Enjoy your journey.

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